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Honor Flight

Honor_Flight_t607This past week, almost seventy years ago, on April 30, 1945, Adolph Hitler went into his bunker, poisoned himself, his dogs, and his mistress, Eva Braun, and then shot himself, ending the idea of a 1,000 year Reich and his “superior” race. He was a sociopath, a true megalomaniac; he had absolutely no remorse or feelings for the millions of lives he destroyed.

Thankfully, there were those who were willing to go to their deaths, fighting against his tyranny and genocidal conquest. They were called the greatest generation, and they deserve recognition for their service and their sacrifice. And, thanks to a program that has really “taken off” over the last several years, these veterans are getting honored in a way that many never expected.

You see, as I post this article, five WWII and Korean War veterans are headed from our Rock Hill, SC area to Washington, DC. They will experience the great joy of taking an “honor flight.” The Honor Flight program honors veterans and thanks them for their service by bringing them to visit the memorials that were built for them and their fellow veterans.

As the web page for the Honor Flight states, “Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation—and as a culturally diverse, free society.” With approximately 640 WWII veterans passing away each day, there is not much time left to honor these brave veterans who were a part of the “greatest generation.”

I wonder if their example speaks to the church today. As we fight against the original megalomaniac, Satan, will we look to their example? Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” In other words, our fight is a spiritual one, against an enemy who will never quit or commit suicide. It is a war against sin.

Will there be some among this generation who face the challenge to fight Satan and the power of sin? Will this be a “great generation” of those who are worthy to receive a crown of righteousness? And, if we remain faithful; if we “fight the good fight;” if we rise to the challenge of the spiritual fight…then what? A spiritual “honor flight” waits for us too!

Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4: 17, “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” What a glorious day that will be. Reject Satan and his works; trust in Jesus and His righteousness; and remain faithful in the fight against sin, even unto death. Will you be on that flight? Will the Son of Man find faith in this generation? I pray we will be up to the challenge.


Picked 39th

Anyone remember the childhood terror of getting picked last when team captains were picking players? Maybe you were always picked first, but for the rest of us, that was rarely the case. In the NFL, going in the 1st round can mean the difference of millions of dollars in guaranteed salary. Now imagine how you would feel if you had been hyped as a #1 pick but got picked 5th, 10th, or 39th!

Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to Geno Smith, quarterback for West Virginia University. Due to few teams looking for quarterbacks early in the draft, Geno Smith ended up going 39th, even though his agents and the media had been hyping him as an early 1st round pick. Then, in what appeared to be ‘taking the ball and going home’, Smith said he wasn’t coming back for the 2nd round and fired his agents! Smith did come back for the  2nd round though, and was picked up by the Jets. I’m sure he will be well paid and have a great career…hopefully, with a bit more humility.

In Luke chapter 14, Jesus said, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in disgrace you proceed to occupy the last place. But when you are invited, go and recline at the last place, so that when the one who has invited you comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will have honor in the sight of all who are at the table with you.”

We all get a little big for our britches every now and then. No one enjoys eating a slice of humble pie when passed over. But how do we react? Do you “honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10)? As Jesus said, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11).